[PATCH 6/6] arm64: switch to relative exception tables

Ard Biesheuvel ard.biesheuvel at linaro.org
Mon Jan 4 11:28:52 PST 2016

On 4 January 2016 at 20:21, H. Peter Anvin <hpa at zytor.com> wrote:
> On 01/04/2016 10:20 AM, Luck, Tony wrote:
>>> May I humbly ask why the [Finnish] you don't use the equivalent of the
>>> x86 _ASM_EXTABLE() macro?  In fact, why don't we make that one generic, too?
>> I'm messing with that right now (with help from Andy Lutomirski and Boris) to
>> add different classes of exception table (so I can tag some instructions as being
>> suitable for fixup from the machine check handler).  So it might not be generic
>> for much longer.
>> http://marc.info/?l=linux-kernel&m=145187079504846&w=2
> I suspect that means we will also need to go back to arch-specific
> sorting for x86.

AFAICT, Tony's patches are not incompatible with mine. The fixup
address is offset with a large constant, but this does not affect the
sort order (since that is based on the other member), and the swap
operation that adds/subtracts the delta should not care about the
class bits. (I don't see any changes to sort_extable() in Tony's

@Tony: any comments? And do you have any objections to the ia64 patch
in this series?

I agree that it makes sense to define a macro to emit the extable
entries in this patch, but I am not sure how that extrapolates to the
other architectures, and testing those is going to be cumbersome for
me, so I'd prefer to keep that a local change for arm64 for now.


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